Desert Heat was featured in a KGUN 9 story on the 6:00 p.m. news on Wednesday.
They also posted a story on their website: http://www.jrn.com/kgun9/news/Whoosh--Heres-your-chance-to-see-hundreds-of-rockets-fly-296819761.html
John Comiskey and the Atria Valley Manors Rocketry Club are ready for Desert Heat on March 28 and 29. Watch out AZ Rocketry and Just Boys!
As dawn broke over the TIMPA site on the morning of Saturday, March 24, the tents and RVs slowly disgorged sleepy-eyed campers into a beautiful, calm morning. The launch pads were ready, the PA system crackled to life, and two critical elements to the success of any rocket launch began preparation: large pots of strong coffee, and rocket motors.
Thus began the start of Desert Heat 2012, the annual two-day rocketry celebration hosted by Tucson's own Southern Arizona Rocketry Association. Volunteers took their places at the registration table, safety check-in, LCO desk, and Rent-a-Rock stations. Carloads of fliers, family supporters, and onlookers joined the campers who had arrived the previous evening. The steady stream of cars continued throughout the morning and early afternoon, providing a crowd estimated at close to a thousand people during its peak. Rockets were assigned pads, and the flying began in earnest. Before the event ended on Sunday at 1:00 p.m., 774 rockets would be launched, a record for a SARA event.
The question at a July rocket launch in Tucson isn't "Will it be hot?", but "How hot will it be?" This year wasn't too bad. The morning broke to mid-level clouds, relieving rocketeers from the direct rays of the sun, at least for a little while. Even after the sun came out, the temperatures weren't as bad as one would expect. The result was a great day of flying.
The Southern Arizona Rocketry Association (SARA) had a great booth featuring the Crayon Rocket flown by the Arizona Rocketry Team (AZRT) to over 3,200 AGL at Desert Heat 2012 then donated to SARA for community outreach events like this.
Steve Lubliner also demonstrated different types of rockets by launching them outside between the aircraft on display!
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